Symbolic Monarch Butterfly Migration
Symbolic Monarch Migration Update: April 7, 2000
Today's Update Includes:
Final Days in Mexico
The symbolic butterflies are now spending their final days in Mexico. Next week, the Children's Museum in Mexico City will send off thousands and thousands of new butterflies on their flight north. Those butterflies, along with the hundreds we gathered from the rural ejido communities in the monarch sanctuary region, will soon be coming your way.
This new generation of butterflies, made by Mexican students, symbolizes the contribution Mexico makes each winter to preserve the monarch's annual cycle. As the butterflies cross north of the border, with them comes our responsibility to conserve habitat on the monarchs' breeding grounds.
When Will the Symbolic Butterflies Reach Your School?
The Symbolic Migration is now in our 4th year, and we've learned we can't compete with Mother Nature. While the real monarchs are flooding northward, we'll be working VERY HARD behind the scenes preparing to send the symbolic monarchs back to your community. We must mail all packages at once; otherwise, people worry that theirs are lost and write to us in concern. Therefore, we plan to have all butterflies mailed by this deadline, so please mark your calendar:
Homecoming for Symbolic Monarchs: May 12, 2000
Whose Butterflies Landed Near the Sanctuaries?
Over 100 photos from the sanctuary region are included in the links from this report. You may find your symbolic monarch in the hands of a student who cared for it this winter!
The purpose of the Symbolic Migration is to build understanding and friendship between children of Mexico, the U.S. and Canada. Perhaps most important to include, are the children who live in the sanctuary region. After all, their families actually own the land where the monarchs rest each winter. These people are some of the poorest in our hemisphere, yet much of the responsibility of monarch conservation falls on their shoulders.
This spring, over 1,000 students in the schools surrounding Angangueo are following the monarch's migration north. As the butterflies fly over your homes, schools and cites, Journey North is sending the news back to them. Link to March 29 update.
"My students want to learn so much more about the 'other side' where the butterflies fly away to," said the second grade teacher at Jesus De Nazareno School. "They see monarchs everyday here in the winter season, but don't completely understand that these same butterflies fly thousands of miles each year
Picture of class at Escuela Jesus De Nazareno.
"It is important to continue a friendship with students who see the same butterflies that travel from one backyard to another thousands of miles away." Seruando Nieto Gomez, second and fifth grade teacher at Lazaro Cardenas Primary School
Escuela Cerro Prieto
Escuela Pedro Ascencio
Escuela Issac Arriaga
Thanks to the People Who Make The Symbolic Migration Possible
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